agile sysadmin

by Ferenc Erki

Gentoo has xsel-1.2.1 among the firsts

xsel works great to “manipulate the X selection”. Last week I stepped up as proxied maintainer to help bring already merged improvements to Gentoo users despite lack of new releases since 2008.

Thanks to support from soap during the past week, upstream has merged all ebuild patches, tagged 1.2.1, and Gentoo already ships the latest version — among the first distros, according to repology.

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Packaging vale-2.24.4 for Gentoo

Vale describes itself as a “syntax-aware linter for prose built with speed and extensibility in mind”. My overlay has the latest v2.24.4 release available for fellow Gentoo users.

I recommend previous users to continue reading about ebuild changes.

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Host Gentoo dependency tarballs as GitHub releases

People who create Gentoo ebuilds for software written in Go probably noticed deprecation notices and discussion About EGO_SUM, and also about a Proposal to undeprecate EGO_SUM.

While the mailing lists and IRC channels provide plenty of opportunity to discuss how to supply dependencies for Go software, here I share a way to use GitHub releases to host dependency tarballs as an external Gentoo contributor, like proxied maintainer, GURU contributor, or overlay maintainer.

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New blog, who dis?

In the past months I kept tailoring essentially identical updates to various platforms, like LinkedIn, Mastodon, and project-specific media. I also often found myself explaining the same concepts and answering the same questions over and over again.

It felt better to have a canonical source for my content, and keep the other solutions as distribution channels. I also wished for a place to accommodate my preferred authoring workflow for longer formats.

As a fresh start, I decided to migrate all the content from my previous Agile sysadmin blog to this site.

I expect to post soon more about the topics I’m most involved in or tools and approaches I find most useful for my use cases. For example Rex, Perl, and Gentoo, as well as automation, software delivery, testing, and open source.

aaphoto is available in Gentoo

Auto Adjust Photo, or aaphoto in short, is a cool little tool for automatic color correction and resizing of photos. I cooked an ebuild for it a long time ago which was waiting to be rediscovered in a forgotten corner of my drive. After a quick refurbishing and some minor/trivial upstream cleanup with the extremely friendly author, it is now available in the main portage tree of Gentoo.

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